Urban Symbiosis Design works together with scientists and institutions to study the effective impact of the Cleaning Station. The aim is to build a new symbiosis between man and nature in our homes and offices, creating a healthier environment and assuming the concepts of wellness and design as guiding lights. Here, Jolanda Palmisani from Gianluigi De Gennaro team at the University of Bari talks about our commitment: “Urban Symbiosis Design has started a collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability of the Department of Biology of the University of Bari, coordinated by Prof. Gianluigi de Gennaro. The joint research activity has the purpose to evaluate the effectiveness of removal of indoor pollutants, Volatile Organic Compounds, by a Cleaning Station figuring select species of Tillandsia. Attention is particularly focused on the pollutants that can significantly contribute to the deterioration of indoor air quality (Formaldehyde, Aromatic Hydrocarbons) and whose inhalation exposure may be correlated the onset of a series of adverse effects on human health ranging from a general condition of psycho-physical malaise up to serious pathologies.
The experimental activity conducted so far has been aimed at evaluating the capacity of the Tillandsia Velutina for absorption and removal of the formaldehyde in the gas phase and has provided for a series of tests in a controlled chamber (a glove sealed box designed and built by Urban Symbiosis Design) in monitored conditions of the main microclimatic parameters (temperature and relative humidity). The tests were conducted monitoring in real time and for several days, using high resolution instruments, the concentration of formaldehyde in the gas phase both in the absence and in the presence of Tillandsia Velutina. From the comparison of the time profiles (profile of the formaldehyde concentration over time) obtained following replicated experiments, experimental results were collected promising that necessarily lead to the deepening of the phenomenon through the exploration of the same with other species of Tillandsia and with other indoor pollutants of interest”.
Read the paper linked to the right to explore the world of air purifying plants.